A person familiar with the plan says

Danica Patrick

has reached a deal to enter NASCAR with JR Motorsports.

Patrick will announce a partial Nationwide Series schedule at a news conference today in Phoenix, the person familiar with her plans told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she has not officially announced her intentions.

Last week Patrick signed a 3-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport to stay in the IndyCar series, but its schedule gives her enough time to also try NASCAR.

It's not clear yet how many races she will drive in NASCAR's second-tier series for team owners Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick.

Philly File

* Villanova's Scottie Reynolds was selected as the Big 5 Player of the Week. Temple's LaKeisha Eaddy was chosen as the top woman of the week.

Sport Stops

* Troy Merritt shot a 3-under 69 to win the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla., finishing the six-round event at 22 under and one shot ahead of tour veteran Jeff Maggert. With the victory, Merritt earned $50,000 and the right to play on the PGA Tour next year. Also, Duke star Amanda Blumenherst easily passed her first big test as a pro when she closed with a 4-under 68 to be medalist at LPGA Tour qualifying, one of 20 players to earn cards for next year.

* The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race said it has lost nearly $1 million in funding over the past year and that is forcing organizers to cut the prize money for the 2010 race by $100,000.